Grant Funded Programs
Below is a breakdown of the programs and services that ATLA currently offers to help Alaskans get information, access, and the acquisition of assistive technology (AT).
Our services are available for people of all ages:
- Device Demonstrations – we conduct meetings where specific Assistive Technology (AT) devices or software are demonstrated for the purpose of assisting consumers and/or their representatives in making informed decisions about AT.
- Device Loans – we make short-term equipment (not financial) loans of up to 14-30 days to allow consumers and professionals try out and evaluate AT devices.
- Information & Assistance – we provide information regarding AT devices and services, funding resources, and other disability-related topics to walk-in visitors, by email, on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and through our toll-free phone number.
- Public Awareness – we can provide informational displays and equipment demonstrations for your outreach events such as open houses, support group meetings, professional meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
- AT Reuse Project – ATLA manages a free AT equipment exchange, AK Trading Post, which brings together individuals and organizations with available and needed items to buy, sell, trade, or post wanted AT and durable medical equipment.
- Technical Assistance – we can assist programs and agencies engage in specific AT-related problem solving activities to help improve services, management, policies, and/or outcomes.
- Training – we organize instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. ATLA trainings may target individual devices or categories of equipment or software, and may relate to particular disabilities or to specific environments.
The Alaska Center for Accessible Media (akCAM) is a program run by ATLA and funded by the Alaskan Department of Education and Early Development. akCAM is your one stop shop for accessible instructional materials (AIM) across the state of Alaska. If you’re a parent, teacher, or school administrator who wants to learn more about AIM, or schedule training on AIM and/or NIMAS services, hardware or software, we can help.
akCanConnect (National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program)
The akCanConnect is a Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program that provides communications technology free of charge to low-income people of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss. Through this program, ATLA is able to distribute equipment to qualified individuals and provide installation, training and support to help recipients make the most of this technology.
The availability of AT devices for rental is rare. However, ATLA recognizes that many professionals and potential users occasionally require the short-term use of AT devices. To meet these individual needs, ATLA has developed a flexible rental service program. The purpose of the ReLease Program is to allow Alaskans who experience a qualifying disability the cost effective opportunity to rent assistive technology (AT) equipment for up to 12 months.